Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM team finished second at the ADAC MX Masters event in Möggers, Austria. This was his last preparatory race before lining up for a world championship event for the first time this year in Russia next weekend. 

Herlings opted to participate in the event to get himself into top form before his GP kick-off. He qualified second on Saturday, ensuring himself of a good gate.

Clearly not fully on form yet, Herlings scored two second places during the races on Sunday. In the first heat, he finished 20 seconds behind the winner, but in the second race he managed to slink the gap to 7.5 seconds. He also posted the fastest lap time during this race.

With second overall, Jeffrey had taken from the event what he wanted, and he will be all the more prepared when the world championship series resumes in Russia next weekend.

Overall ADAC Masters Series Moggers:
1 Jeremy Seewer 50 Pnt
2 Jeffrey Herlings 44 Pnt
3 Tanel Leok 40 Pnt
4 Dennis Ullrich 36 Pnt
5 Valentin Guillod 32 Pnt

An amazing end to a sensational motocross season for Red Bull KTM. Glenn Coldenhoff and Jeffrey Herlings won all three motos and both categories at a wet but packed RedBud circuit with both Dutchman on the final podium in third place.

The 72nd Motocross of Nations saw the famous annual competition return to the United States for the first time since 2010 and for the third occasion this century. Red Bull KTM flew to Michigan and the revered RedBud circuit almost in full force with Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff ultimately ruling the races for Team Netherlands. The facility was full of 81,700 hardy spectators who braved rain, damp and mud through the weekend to see Team France own the competition for the fifth time in a row. 

Tony Cairoli won the MXGP Qualification Heat by a comfortable distance on Saturday and was almost upstaged by teammate and MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings who recovered from a first turn crash and last position to eventually reach third place. 

On Sunday Cairoli entered the opening corner too fast and fell, causing a pile-up but was able to recover good points for Team Italy by riding back to 6th. Herlings moved up from 3rd position to take control at mid-race distance and grabbed the chequered flag. In the second moto for the MXGP class the two KTM racers faced the other 450s of the Open category and a rampant Glenn Coldenhoff. Herlings was second to his teammate and won MXGP thanks to his 1-2 scores. The Dutch squad would fill the third step of the rostrum after MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen could not start the final sprint with an eye problem. 

Herlings: “Me and Glenn did a great job. I won my first moto and he went 1-1: we deserved to win and it was a shame we didn’t get the results with our MX2 rider. We were so close but Team France were the best today and we should respect that. I want to thank Red Bull KTM Factory Racing for the whole season; they did an incredible job. I also want to thank the Dutch Federation for being behind us. We had a great weekend and some great days here. I’m happy to finish off the season. Next year it will be at Assen and home soil and if Glenn has the same breakfast and we get another result then we can definitely go for the win. It has been a good day.”

Glenn Coldenhoff was produced his best and most emphatic performance of the season. The Dutchman found the perfect combination of starts and feeling around the rough and sandyish soil to streak clear of the field in the first moto and then duplicate his uncatchable form in the second. Even Herlings was powerless to defy #259’s advantage. Glenn was a clear winner of the MX Open class.

Coldenhoff: “This definitely feels good and going 1-1 at the Motocross of Nations is kinda crazy. I have no words. I think this is a great and beautiful track and the conditions were great. It is just a shame for Calvin; he could have finished in the top fifteen easily in the first moto but there were some issues and then he couldn’t start the second one. It has still been a great day to be up here [on the podium] and congratulations to the other teams. We were the strongest today. I loved being out here.”

Results MXGP Class RedBud 2018
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED) KTM (1-2)
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA) Husqvarna (2-3)
3. Tony Cairoli (ITA) KTM (6-4)
4. Eli Tomac (USA) Kawasaki (4-7)
5. Tanel Leok (EST) Husqvarna (12-19)

Results MX Open Class RedBud 2018
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED) KTM (1-1)
2. Alessandro Lupino (ITA) Kawasaki (12-5)
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL) Yamaha (6-11)
4. Max Anstie (GBR) Husqvarna (13-6)
5. Max Nagl (GER) TM (11-8)

Final Standings MX of Nations RedBud 2018
1. France, 35 points
2. Italy, 37
3. Netherlands, 41
4. Australia, 48
5. Great Britain, 48

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory team clocked his second event victory of the season at an international event at Lacapelle Marival in France. Herlings won both MX1 heats and the Superfinal for a clean sweep on the day.

After his sweeping victory at Hawkstone Park in England, Herlings was intent on building up his preparation for the world championship season at yet another international event. He started the day off well by claiming pole position. He was unstoppable on the day, and after sweeping to victory in both MX1 heats, he overcame a lesser start in the Superfinal to get the better of Max Anstie and claim that crown as well,

“It was a great weekend,” Herlings commented. “I felt good on the bike and on the track. We had a lot of riding to do today, but that suited me fine. In the superfinal I had some work to do, coming back from fifth to the front. The bike is just perfect at the moment, and I have to thank the Red Bull KTM team for all their hard work. I appreciate all their efforts, and can’t wait to get stuck into the GP season.”

 

Herlings will continue his preparations for the first round of the MXGP world championships which start on 4 March at Neuquen in Argentina.

Jeffrey Herlings of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team won the international event at Hawkstone Park. He rode to victory in both heats as well as in the Superfinal.

After the disappointment at Riola in Italy the week before, Jeffrey was in good form at Hawkstone Park, and started off by claiming pole position.

After a good start in race one, he took over the lead quickly. Despite pressure from Glenn Coldenhoff and Max Anstie, he kept his wits and won the race.

In the second race, he built up a winning strategy after trailing Coldenhoff for most of the heat. He made the pass near the end and claimed the win.

Another good start in the Superfinal gave him a good deck of cards. On the by now very heavy track, he claimed a convincing victory to finish off a perfect day. Jeffrey will be in action at the international event at Lacapelle in France next weekend.

Herlings: “It was a really good day. We were fastest in qualification in the morning so we had the best gate pick all day. I felt good on the track and the weather was a bit gnarly; there was rain and snow! I felt strong and good on the bike and the team did a great job. The conditions have not been easy and I think the club made some excellent work to get the track as rideable as it was. We’ll have our last race before Argentina in France next weekend and I haven’t ridden there for a long time so I’m looking forward to it.”

The first international motocross  race of 2018 in Riola Sardo, Italy ended in disappointment for Jeffrey Herlings on his Red Bull Factory KTM. Herlings crashed at the start of the first heat, and another bike rode over him. Fortunately he suffered only contusions to his back, but the bike had been so damaged that he was forced to retire from the race.

Since riders had to score a top 20 finish in the first heat to qualify for the Superfinal, Herlings was immediately excluded from further participation. “The crash was not too bad, but it is of course no fun to be ridden over. I was lucky, though, that I did not suffer a worse injury, but my bike was too damaged to continue. It is a pity that I could not participate further, but I guess that it is an upgrade on last year, because then I broke my hand. I’m feeling good on the bike, and next week we’ll be ready for it again,” Herlings  said optimistically.

Herlings won’t have to wait long before showing his mettle again, because next Sunday he is scheduled to race at the international race  in Hawkstone Park, England.

HIMX are delighted to announce that they have signed factory Red Bull KTM rider Jeffrey Herlings for the Be Wiser Hawkstone International on 11th February 2018.

Herlings is a big fan of the famous Hawkstone Park circuit and missed the International in 2017 due to other racing commitments. One of the fastest riders in the World will make an appearance at the 2018 event in February.

Herlings had a fantastic season and finished runner-up behind Antonio Cairol in his debut season in the MX1 class. He is hot property across the world and it will be fantastic to see him again at Hawkstone Park.

Gary Ford – HIMX – “Getting Jeffrey back to our event after missing out on him last February is the best news we could hope for! In my opinion he is the fastest rider in the world and always puts on a good show whenever he comes to Hawkstone Park. This was one of my main aims to get him back for 2018 and I am sure the crowd will be very pleased also.”

MX1, MX2 and MXY2 entries are now open by contacting Gary Ford ford542@btinternet.com.